UNI President Says Budget Cuts Will Help School

University of Northern Iowa's Benjamin Allen speaks during a press conference to discuss the cut in place for the university Thursday, March 8, 2012, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. (MATTHEW PUTNEY / Courier Photo Editor)

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By Aaron Hepker

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen says budget cuts he was forced to make will leave the school better focused and stronger for the future.

He says shifting funding to focus on UNI's strengths will pave the way to attract students and faculty.

Allen says Friday during Iowa Public Television's "Iowa Press" program that he understands some people are upset by the tough decision he made. But he says given the challenges facing UNI, the decisions were made correctly and at the right time.

The Iowa Board of Regents this week approved a plan to eliminate 58 majors, minors and graduate programs at UNI. The programs had low enrollment and completion rates. Officials say the cuts will eliminate an $800,000 deficit that academic programs face next year.

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